Unusual earrings with piqué inlay from around 1880.
The long hangers of tortoise-coloured celluloid are inlaid with rose branches of german silver and mother-of-pearl in a piqué technique. A ribbon of decorative inlays surrounds the flat teardrop-shaped pendant. The feather-light pendants are attached to long hooks made of nickel silver via a ball in which a silver star is inlaid.
Celluloid plastic was developed in the mid-19th century and was popularly used as a "modern" substitute for tortoise shell and ivory.
- Condition: With traces of use (the celluloid is rubbed on the back)
- Material: Celluloid, German silver (alpacca), mother-of-pearl
- Earring Width: 1.4 cm
- Earring Length: 5.6 cm
- Weight (Pair): 3.7 g